3 To Do: Opera, kayaks and causes

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1. Thursday: Art Center to host Gulfshore Opera

The Marco Island Center for the Arts presents an evening of opera featuring Steffanie Pearce, general director and founder of Gulfshore Opera.

Steffanie Pearce

‘Emerging artists’ Teddy Collins, D’Ariel Barnard and Giana Di Pietro will also perform. Barnard, soprano, is new to Gulfshore Opera and performed in its latest production of Carmen.

The performance is from 5:30 until 7 p.m., Thursday, April 5 at the Marco Island Center for the Arts, 1010 Winterberry Drive, Marco Island.

Cost: $25 for Art Center members; $30 for nonmembers.

Information: 239-394-4221 or marcoislandart.org/musical-interludes/.

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2. Guided boat and kayak tours

Two-hour guided kayak tours let you explore backwater bays and mangrove tunnels while learning about your surroundings from an experienced guide and naturalist.

Tours provide opportunities to see wildlife such as wading birds, osprey, fish and dolphins. Tours include free admission to the Environmental Learning Center on day of trip and proceeds support the non-profit Friends of Rookery Bay, Inc.

Kayak and boat tours are offered Tuesdays through Fridays from November through April. Learn more and register for tours and events at rookerybay.org/calendar.

3. ACS events, Relay For Life

Mark your calendars now for the Relay For Life of Marco Island. This community event and celebration of life will be held from 3 to 9 p.m., Saturday, April 7 at Veterans Community Park, Marco Island.

File: The Survivor Lap at Relay for Life, with caregivers included.

The Relay For Life is a global movement and signature fundraiser of the American Cancer Society that began in 1985. Saxophone sensation Eirinn Abu will perform at the Luminaria Ceremony April 7. The Grammy-nominated artist’s renditions of “Hallelujah,” “Amazing Grace,” and other songs soar above the realm of music, lifting the audience on a spiritual journey of emotion and hope.

Survivor’s Dinner: All cancer survivors, along with their families and caregivers, are invited to attend a Survivor’s Dinner at 6 p.m., Tuesday, April 3, at the New Life Community Church, 489 W. Elkcam Circle.